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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

**UPDATED** Members of right-wing extremist group barred from AZ House of Representatives

By: - February 27, 2019

Two members of a right-wing extremist group have been barred from entering the Arizona House of Representatives.

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Toma amends Section 8 voucher bill, advocates still worry

By: - February 27, 2019

The bill’s aim is still to allow landlords to terminate a contract even if a voucher is accepted, which Toma and others say is to help protect landlords from bad tenants and prevent landlords from leaving the Section 8 program.

Cities fighting bill that guts local oversight of landlords

By: - February 27, 2019

A bill that would gut local oversight of landlord-tenant issues continues to advance at the state Capitol, despite objections from local governments.

How to register your opinion on potential new laws

By: - February 22, 2019

Citizen participation can play a major role in which bills eventually become law in Arizona. Residents can use a system called Request to Speak, often called RTS, to register their opinion on any bill being considered by legislators. RTS allows residents the ability to directly tell lawmakers if they support or oppose legislation, and lawmakers […]

Is your genetic information really safe?

By: - February 21, 2019

Is genetic information truly safe, even in the hands of a government agency that promises to anonymize the data? The answer, like our DNA, is complicated.

Rental vacancy rates back to pre-recession levels as bills threaten to create more evictions

By: - February 20, 2019

Two bills working their way through the Arizona House of Representatives could harm renters in the Grand Canyon State, which currently is at its lowest rental vacancy rate since before the Great Recession.

Bowers holds water bill that threatens the drought plan

By: - February 19, 2019

A bill that could have derailed a seven-state Drought Contingency Plan that lawmakers passed last month was put on ice at the request of its sponsor, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, after a lengthy and contentious committee hearing.

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Bill would make Section 8 and other assistance not count as rent

By: - February 19, 2019

A bill under consideration at the Capitol could give landlords the ability to evict tenants who pay their rents with assistance from non-profits, churches and the federal government’s Section 8 housing voucher program.

Bill aims to close recess loophole

By: - February 18, 2019

In 2018, lawmakers passed a bill that made two recess periods mandatory in schools in Arizona but advocates say some schools have found loopholes in the law, leading a freshman Republican lawmaker to move to fix those issues.

Bill would allow new higher-ed tuition rates for dreamers

By: and - February 18, 2019

Legislation that would allow public universities and community colleges to set a new tuition rate for every student who graduates from an Arizona high, regardless of immigration status, is ready to be considered by the full Senate.

Bowers still wants hearing on water bill that may derail drought plan

By: - February 15, 2019

House Speaker Rusty Bowers plans to continue to move forward with water legislation despite threats by the Gila River Indian Community to leave a seven-state drought plan if that legislation because of it. If the Gila River Indian Community holds true to its statement and refuses to sign any agreements it could ultimately derail the […]

With GOP backing, bill to reduce what lobbyists report spending on lawmakers passes House

By: - February 14, 2019

A bill that would let lobbyists disclose only the price of what it costs to feed elected officials at luncheons and other events and not the actual cost paid for their admission to the event has been approved by the House of Representatives and is one step closer to becoming law.